Being a mom changed my view on self-disclosure dramatically.
I was trained in the classic style of TV hyperbole: "You'd like to know if I am married. What would it mean if I were married?"
Once I was pregnant, that went out the window. Suddenly I was forced to talk about myself in a way I wasn't trained to. Because I didn't know what I was doing, or how to bring my own life into the room, I found that I talked about my pregnancy too late with clients and too shallowly. I let my own discomfort about talking about myself get in the way of discussing something that was clearly "in the room." Had I to go back and do it over, I'd do it differently.
Next week I'd like to explore a bit how to talk to clients about the pregnancy, and considerations on when to do it. This is the grit we talk about in my Pregnant Therapist group so come and join us!